The golf issue

Sep 07, 2010
12:00 AM

This week in Concord history!

- Sept. 7, 1929 – Patrick Griffiths of 10½ Walker St. in Concord pedals to a stop in the State House plaza at 12:03 a.m. with a new endurance record for continuous bicycling. His time of 65 hours, 33 minutes breaks the record by 33 minutes. Motorists surrounding the State House plaza honk their horns in tribute to the new mark. - Sept. 8, 1820 – Abel Merrill, 73, dies in Concord. “He went to bed apparently well, and before midnight was a corpse,” Nathaniel Bouton writes in his book “ The History of Concord.” - Sept. 9, 1842 – The rail line between Boston and Concord opens. Two…

Sep 07, 2010
12:00 AM
Meet a senior with Anita Hickey

Say hello to a longtime Concordian, Ron Blasdell

This month, Meet a Senior's Anita Hickey has a conversation with Ron Blasdell, who moved here from Springville, N.Y., with his family 30 years ago. Why did you move here? I accepted employment with a company in Bow. . . . It was not an easy decision leaving an area where you where born and raised but we felt Concord had much to offer us as a family. What was your first impression of Concord? Springville was a…

Sep 07, 2010
12:00 AM
Concord Reads

Laugh without an accent and be funny in Farsi

Concord Reads is back and wants YOU to read Firoozeh Dumas's "Funny in Farsi" and "Laughing Without An Accent." An initiative of the Concord Public Library Foundation and the Concord Public Library, Concord Reads encourages the community to pick up the same book (or books) and to get reading. Special programming pertaining to Dumas's works will be happening around town to get people talking not only about the books but also about the broader theme of immigration. We spoke with Shawn LaFrance, head of the Concord Reads committee, about this year's selections. This year, the committee went with…

Sep 07, 2010
12:00 AM

Hello, butterfly!

Concord resident Loretta Poulin spotted a butterfly this summer. Send your photos to news@theconcordinsider.com.

Sep 07, 2010
12:00 AM

It's a big birthday bash for Florence!

Presidential Oaks resident Florence Tolland and was honored last week at a party to celebrate her 106th birthday! Kids from the Presidential Oaks children center presented Florence with a large drawing of a birthday cake, each of the 106 candles finger-painted by the children. Florence has lived at the retirement home since 2002. She enjoys attending music programs, social events, and…

Sep 07, 2010
12:00 AM

The late, great

She was born Sarah Thompson and died Countess Sarah Rumford, an impressive title for a Concord girl! Thompson was the daughter of Benjamin Thompson, who fled to Europe in 1774 after he was suspected of sympathizing with the British. Benjamin Thompson lived an illustrious life, making scientific discoveries and socializing with the rich and famous. Among his most lasting inventions: an especially efficient fireplace.…